Developing excellence since 1975



M.E. Lyons YMCA/Anderson Barracudas teaches children and young adults to be competitive swimmers as they learn to train and race. We are focused on swimmer success in the pool and in life. ABLY is inclusive, and accepts those with the desire to learn and excel to the best of their ability. 

If you are ready to dive into the world of competitive swimming, please click on one of the links under "Team" for more information! 



Former Barracuda Emily Brunemann - Former member of the U.S. National Team

YMCA National Combined Short Course Champions:1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

YMCA National Men’s Short Course Champions: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

YMCA National Women’s Short Course Champions: 2002

YMCA National Combined Long Course Champions: 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001

YMCA National Men’s Long Course Champions: 1997, 2001

YMCA National Women’s Long Course Champions: 1997, 2001

Ohio State Age Group Short Course Champions: 1992, 1993



Practice Group Screenings

All new swimmers must attend a screening or tryout to determine their practice group. Tryouts are held prior to the beginning of a new season. If you need to set up a time for a tryout, please call the Y at (513) 474-1400 and ask for the swim team office, or email Nik at [email protected] 

How to Join 

  1. Join the YMCA. All swim team participants are required to be members of the YMCA. Stop by the front desk to sign up! 
    • ​​Members of the Pre-Competitive teams at M.E. Lyons and Campbell County YMCA are not required to be members in order to participate in the program
  2. Go to www.ablyswim.org and click on "2019-2020 Registration" button on the home page. 
  3. Look over the Payment Form package here. Fill out and return the payment form and return it to Nik Balmer ([email protected])